A superset of the Universal Product Code that includes the base UPC code and two or three additional characters that indicate the country that issued the number (not necessarily the country of origin for that product).
the European equivalent to our UPC here in the U.S. The EAN is a standard bar code symbology used to label products. It is numeric only and is of fixed length (there are a couple of different lengths, depending upon use). Check digits are used in EAN decoding.
Coding to support Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) speeding up goods flow and reducing costs in the FMCG sector.